I Knew You Were Trouble Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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New York City's hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
Taylor Carr has it all - a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn't worried. She'll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer - and longtime pain in Taylor's ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o'clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor's buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.
Nick's always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she's gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it's her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they're shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they're putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor's ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she'll jump at the chance to go back to her old life - unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 51 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 15, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #113,294 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,975 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
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Nick is one of the coolest of the men of Oxford. Part-Time bartender and part time journalist, Nick is also not of fan of co-worker Bradley, which makes him the perfect roommate to Taylor. Nick and Taylor aren't exactly a case of opposites attract, but they've just never liked each other which is s mystery as to why. Maybe they have nothing in common but they intense dislike seems misplaced. All that energy certainly points to a secret affection for each other. Their friendship begins to shift and the constant hum of attraction between them intensifies.
As always, LL's story-telling leaves me with all the feels. Taylor's bound and determined to win Bradley back, but she comes to an understanding as to his true nature that made me gleeful. At that moment in the story I was so proud of her for recognizing what is a universal truth (for any women who's been left for another, and been left wondering why). But the truth of Taylor is something that becomes obvious to Nick as she lets down her guard. We learn some very interesting information about Nick's past and Ms Layne sets up the possibility of a great future between these two. If only they could learn to let go of their insecurities and assumptions about each other.
Another 5 star review to Lauren Layne and the Oxford series I am very much hoping that Hunter and Brit get their own story
So, Sexy, Fun and Flirty! This was such a fantastic read. I just can’t get enough of Lauren Layne’s Stories. This one took my breath away, making me giddy and happy. Get ready for the hot suit wearing guys of Oxford Magazine, some serious fun, a whole lot of sweetness and off the charts sexy in this incredibly entertaining story. Taylor Carr has landed a job at Oxford Magazine the headquarters of Hot Guys and these polished, successful, serious, clean cut guys are just her type. Except for one of the part time writers who seems to constantly gets under her skin. But when Taylor’s boyfriend of ten months Bradley Calloway backs out on move in day, into a new two bedroom apartment, she is in need of a roommate fast. Nick Ballantine has been a constant thorn in Taylor’s side since the first day on the job when he labeled her the Ice Princess. The last several months their animosity and heat towards one another is off the charts. Their conflict is full of the best one liners, great verbal sparing and sizzling Chemistry. So when Nick volunteers to be her new roommate in front of Bradley, she accepts. These two clash and it is ridiculously fantastic! I loved being absorbed into all, the bickering and the tension. And when they combust Lauren Layne brings it, with some great sexy scenes. I also enjoyed getting to see other characters from previous stories as well. I enjoyed the animosity of their relationship immensely and loved the many great moments between them and I couldn’t get enough. You do not want to miss Taylor and Nick’s story! Loved, Loved, Loved it! Highly Recommended!
Received an ARC through Tasty Book Tours via NetGalley and voluntarily wrote an honest review.
As my first read in the "Oxford" series, I know I was missing some of the finer points of the office politics throughout I Knew You Were Trouble. However, I still adored this as a standalone novel centered around Taylor and Nick. Like many other romance novels, I appreciated the varied POVs produced by getting a little insight into the thoughts of both main characters. The slow drip into Nick's story line and perspective paid off in a big way. Though I absolutely loved how confidently-and easily- Nick read Taylor like an open book from the start. I can't wait to delve into the other Oxford series romances before revisiting this morsel.
LL is a 5 star author guaranteed. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping we get Brit and Hunter's story because I NEED to read that one. ;)
*I received an ARC for an honest review via Netgalley*
Top reviews from other countries
This final instalment in the series brings us the story of Nick and Taylor, characters who are introduced throughout the first three books. This one starts off with a flashback to when Taylor started working at Oxford and met Nick for the first time. They didn’t get off to the best of starts to say the least.
The story follows their enemies to roommates to friends to lovers relationship with plenty of emotion and sizzling chemistry.
I liked the role reversal of the typical hero/heroine. In this book it's our heroine, Taylor, who is emotionally stunted. Having been raised by a caring but highly pragmatic to the point of cold aunt who believed feelings/emotions were for weaklings, she is desperate to find someone who will love her. I'm not sure that I really liked her character in the end but I will say that I liked our hero, Nick, much more. He exuded the typical play-boy personality and charm without actually being one. I loved that he was so emotionally in tune and had no qualms in showing that vulnerability and openness to others.
The antagonistic banter between Taylor and Nick was spicy and fun, and once they both looked past pushing each others' buttons to acknowledge the chemistry underneath, it was explosive. I've said this before about the endings of Layne's books but this one also felt too easily solved. Maybe I just want a bit more fight/bite from the characters really hashing out their problems but I mean, in the end it's still a HEA and of course that's what we want in a romance!
Was it the jet-lag kicking in? For some reason I didn't adore this latest book in the fabulous Oxford series. It was ok, for someone other than the divine LL it was probably very good but it just felt a little like LL (whispers) dialled it in.
Taylor Carr is an orphan, brought up by her single career-woman aunt. Her Aunt Karen wasn't very maternal or loving, although she did look after Taylor and teach her (after her own fashion) about life. As a consequence, Taylor can seem a little aloof, unfriendly and standoffish. At the end of her first day in her new job at Oxford magazine, she gets into a lift (elevator) with Nick Ballantine, a contractor for the magazine, Nick mistakes her natural reserve and shyness for personal dislike and calls her an Ice Princess. That name is a hot button for Taylor which starts a period of enmity between the two of them.
Fast-forward a year and Taylor is dating a colleague, Bradley Calloway, but on the day they are supposed to move into their new apartment together she comes home to a note telling her he has changed his mind. Now she has no boyfriend, she has signed a lease for a two bedroom apartment that she can't afford on her own AND she has to work with her ex-boyfriend. But Taylor isn't despondent, she thinks Bradley just got cold feet, heck she doesn't want a husband, kids and a white picket fence so he has nothing to worry about. Once he has calmed down he will realise his mistake, all she needs to do is wait for him to come to his senses. In the meantime she needs a short-term tenant to help with the rent.
Although they have an antagonistic relationship, Nick still fancies Taylor so when he sees her upset in the office with a flyer advertising a room available in her new apartment he sees this as his opportunity to 1) give the finger to Bradley who he DOES NOT like, 2) maybe get into Taylor's pants and 3) get away from his ex-girlfriend who has moved in and refuses to believe they are over.
But, as Taylor relentlessly plots to get Bradley back she starts to see a different side to Nick. But should she take a chance on the man right in front of her or continue to pursue the one that got away?
I think the reason I am ambivalent about this book is that I didn't really like Taylor or Nick. Bradley was portrayed as such an unpleasant guy that I didn't understand why Taylor was so relentless in her pursuit of him, it made me think less of her. Also, Nick did something I really didn't like, (view spoiler).
This book did make me want to reread the previous Oxford books and I expect there is a future book for Brit and Hunter which I am already excited about.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.